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Week 10 Rankings & NQS Update

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Bold meet scores must be counted and can no longer be dropped.

1. Florida Gators

Road Score 1198.150
Road Score 2197.500
Home/Road Score 1198.275
Home/Road Score 2197.850
Current NQS:197.944

Florida did not compete in week 10.


1. Oklahoma Sooners

Road Score 1198.225
Road Score 2197.925
Home/Road Score 1197.800
Home/Road Score 2197.800
Current NQS:197.944

Oklahoma was not able to achieve a counting score in week 10 and therefore remains tied with Florida. The advantage for end-of-season #1 now sits with Florida as Florida has a 197.500 to get rid of this week, while Oklahoma has a 197.800 to drop, meaning Florida is more likely to increase its NQS.


3. Michigan Wolverines

Road Score 1198.100
Road Score 2198.025
Home/Road Score 1197.650
Home/Road Score 2197.375
Current NQS:197.788

With its second 198 and second program record in as many weeks, Michigan was able to jump ahead of LSU and into 3rd place. With that 197.375 still to drop, Michigan does have a chance to challenge the #1-ranked teams, though it’s not the most likely outcome. Michigan would need a 198.000 at Big Tens to reach that 197.944 NQS mark and tie them, and then would need to hope both have meh scores at their own conference championships.


4. LSU Tigers

Road Score 1197.550
Road Score 2197.325
Home/Road Score 1198.050
Home/Road Score 2197.875
Current NQS:197.700

LSU did not compete in week 10. LSU is probably too far out to have a hope of catching the top teams, but with a similar NQS to Michigan and a similar score to drop, the 3-4 race could still go either way.


5. Cal Bears

Road Score 1197.425
Road Score 2197.225
Home/Road Score 1198.050
Home/Road Score 2197.600
Current NQS: 197.575

Cal’s 197.600 from Sunday, the #3 score in program history, clinched a major coup as the team will enter Pac-12 Championships as the top-ranked school in the conference. It’s the first time since the conference became the Pac-12 that neither UCLA nor Utah will enter the championship as the top team.


6. Utah Utes

Road Score 1197.575
Road Score 2197.450
Home/Road Score 1197.475
Home/Road Score 2197.375
Current NQS: 197.469

Utah was not able to record a counting score at Friday’s meet and fell behind Cal as a result. As Cal currently has the higher NQS and the lower score to get rid of at Pac-12s, Cal is in the driver’s seat for the higher ranking at the end of the season. If both teams end up improving their NQSs at Pac-12s, then Utah would need to outscore Cal by .575 in order to tie them in the rankings.

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Week 9 Rankings & NQS Update

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Bold meet scores must be counted and can no longer be dropped.

1. Florida Gators

Road Score 1198.150
Road Score 2197.500
Home/Road Score 1198.275
Home/Road Score 2197.850
Current NQS:197.944

Florida had to shuffle on without Trinity Thomas this week following a warmup injury. This manifested in a non-counting 197.425 that allowed Oklahoma to move into a tie for first place and for LSU and others to gain ground as Florida’s 2021 supremacy took one of its first hits. The Gators still remain ahead of Oklahoma on the tiebreak, which goes to the next-best score that isn’t used for NQS (Florida’s 197.500 to Oklahoma’s 197.475).


1. Oklahoma Sooners

Road Score 1198.225
Road Score 2197.925
Home/Road Score 1197.800
Home/Road Score 2197.800
Current NQS:197.944

Oklahoma’s two-meet weekend of 197.950 and 197.800 allowed the Sooners to move into a tie with Florida and party like it’s 2014. Oklahoma competes next weekend while Florida doesn’t, so Oklahoma will have the opportunity to move into sole possession of first with anything better than 197.800. Though at this point, with Florida aiming to drop a lower score with that 197.500, the Gators probably still enjoy the inside track to #1 following conference championships.


3. LSU Tigers

Road Score 1197.550
Road Score 2197.325
Home/Road Score 1198.050
Home/Road Score 2197.875
Current NQS:197.700

LSU’s 197.875 performance on Friday allowed the team to (kind of) keep up with the Joneses and the current reality that if you’re not scoring at least a 197.8, you might as well just quit. The Tigers are still couting a very drop-able road score in there but are far enough back of the #1s that it would take a 198.300 at SECs just to get up to that 197.944 NQS status. I mean…scoring these days…but that’s still a tough ask. The focus for LSU is probably on maintaining #3 heading into elimination season.


4. Michigan Wolverines

Road Score 1198.025
Road Score 2197.375
Home/Road Score 1197.650
Home/Road Score 2197.225
Current NQS:197.569

After being absent from the rankings last week due to a lack of road scores, Michigan returned with a bang and the first 198 in school history (which is still preposterous to me that this had never happened before). What will be concerning to other teams is that, if this 198 is now a representative scoring pace, Michigan has some real room to continue increasing NQS.


5. Utah Utes

Road Score 1197.575
Road Score 2197.450
Home/Road Score 1197.475
Home/Road Score 2197.375
Current NQS: 197.469

Utah recorded a season high on Friday but dropped ground in the rankings because of Michigan’s reentry. These lower bold scores likely won’t allow Utah to challenge the top 3 (and there’s no difference between being ranked 4th and 5th because they go to the same regional, which Utah is hosting), though Utah will be eager to try to join the 198 club in its home finale as conference supremacy is suddenly looking more tentative than it did a week ago.


6. Cal Bears

Road Score 1197.425
Road Score 2197.125
Home/Road Score 1198.050
Home/Road Score 2197.100
Current NQS: 197.425

Cal also recorded the first 198 in program history this week, though the fact that it hadn’t happened before was less surprising in Cal’s case. They’ve never been this good. Cal’s performance came with a 49.825 (!) on bars, tying the NCAA record for a bars score. Amazing what happens when you hit actual vertical handstands while being scored like a famous team. Cal has added a Wednesday road meet, providing the team more opportunities to improve NQS than the others have. It will be interesting to see if Cal goes for the ranking jugular or uses this as a “Gabby Perea exists” depth meet now that those 196s are gone.

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Week 8 Rankings & NQS Update

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The NQS (four best scores, two of which must be away) has now taken over for the official weekly rankings. Keep in mind that several teams including Michigan (196.805 avg), Michigan State (195.238 avg), and George Washington (193.275 avg) do not yet have enough meets to make up an NQS and so do not appear on the rankings. It’s very annoying.

Bold meet scores must be counted and can no longer be dropped.

1. Florida Gators

Road Score 1198.150
Road Score 2197.500
Home/Road Score 1198.275
Home/Road Score 2197.850
Current NQS:197.944

Florida recorded a national high over the weekend, while the next closest contenders struggled, allowing the Gators to extend their lead atop the rankings and solidify their status as the team to beat.


2. Oklahoma Sooners

Road Score 1198.225
Road Score 2197.800
Home/Road Score 1197.475
Home/Road Score 2197.450
Current NQS:197.738

Oklahoma had a semi-dud on Friday for 197.175, which was not high enough to count for NQS. But because the Sooners already had a best-scores advantage on LSU, they were nonetheless able to move up to #2 this week. Oklahoma is farther back of Florida now but also still has four remaining meets to Florida’s two and therefore enjoys more opportunities to gain.


3. LSU Tigers

Road Score 1197.550
Road Score 2197.325
Home/Road Score 1198.050
Home/Road Score 2197.275
Current NQS:197.550

LSU’s loss to Kentucky did not allow the team to improve its NQS and also means the team is saddled with counting a 197.550 road score. It’s a good score of course but now a real disadvantage if trying to catch Oklahoma.


4. Utah Utes

Average: 197.113

Road Score 1197.450
Road Score 2196.900
Home/Road Score 1197.475
Home/Road Score 2197.375
Current NQS: 197.300

Utah stepped up its scoring a little bit from the previous week, going 197.375 in defeating Cal, though that’s still the kind of score that will leave Utah somewhat vulnerable to being dropped out of a #1 regional seed position. Minnesota and Alabama (and probably eventually Michigan) are closing in.


5. Minnesota Gophers

Road Score 1197.375
Road Score 2196.975
Home/Road Score 1197.625
Home/Road Score 2197.025
Current NQS: 197.250

Minnesota recorded the best score at the Big Five meets to improve its ranking three spots. It was a particularly critical result for Minnesota to achieve in its second-to-last road meet as the team didn’t have any 197 road scores to that point.


6. Alabama Crimson Tide

Road Score 1197.325
Road Score 2197.000
Home/Road Score 1197.725
Home/Road Score 2196.925
Current NQS: 197.244

Alabama defeated Arkansas with its highest road score so far to set up a very competitive NQS picture and make a good argument for a #2 regional seeding, at least. That home 197.7 is the main difference maker between Alabama and the other teams in the top 10, and And Alabama hosts Florida this Friday…


7. Arizona State Sun Devils

Road Score 1197.050
Road Score 2196.650
Home/Road Score 1197.450
Home/Road Score 2197.150
Current NQS:197.075

So Arizona State is good now, you guys, and used a two-meet week to zoom up the rankings and establish a competitive NQS that even has a drop-able road score still hanging around. ASU will still need to be wary of Cal and UCLA moving up, so a spot in the all-important top 8 is not a given, but it’s suddenly looking possible.


8. Arkansas Razorbacks

Road Score 1196.875
Road Score 2196.675
Home/Road Score 1197.350
Home/Road Score 2197.250
Current NQS:197.038

Arkansas lost some ground this week because a 197.000 home score was not enough to break into its NQS picture. The home scores are already fine. It’s the road scores that need addressing, and there’s an opportunity to do just that at Auburn this weekend. Arkansas has some (some) actual score pressure this weekend as Kentucky still maintains a chance to pass Arkansas for the final spot in the evening session at SECs.

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Week 7 Rankings & NQS Update

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NQS will take over in next Monday’s rankings, so with the week 7 rankings (which are still arranged by average), I’m updating where the teams currently stand in their NQS quests. Remember NQS is different this season with only four scores counting (minimum 2 away) and no dropped score.

Bold meet scores must be counted and can no longer be dropped.

1. Florida Gators

Average: 197.613

Road Score 1198.150
Road Score 2197.500
Home/Road Score 1197.850
Home/Road Score 2197.500
Current NQS:197.750

Despite Florida’s relatively dominant lead by team average, there’s still work to do maintain a ranking advantage as Florida’s NQS lead over Oklahoma is quite slim. Watch that back-and-forth as we go.


2. LSU Tigers

Average: 197.325

Road Score 1197.550
Road Score 2197.325
Home/Road Score 1198.050
Home/Road Score 2197.275
Current NQS:197.550

LSU is in 2nd place by average but 3rd place by NQS and will have to improve upon those 197.2s and 197.3s to hope to get back to #2.


3. Oklahoma Sooners

Average: 197.132

Road Score 1198.225
Road Score 2197.800
Home/Road Score 1197.475
Home/Road Score 2197.450
Current NQS:197.738

The switch to NQS will allow Oklahoma to drop those two bad meets from earlier in the season and zoom up toward the top, entertaining the possibility of passing Florida for #1 depending on how the scores play out this weekend. Oklahoma has the higher peak score and the lower score to drop, and therefore has more room to improve than Florida does during week 8and overall, since Oklahoma has three more meets than Florida this season.


4. Utah Utes

Average: 197.113

Road Score 1197.450
Road Score 2196.900
Home/Road Score 1197.475
Home/Road Score 2197.225
Current NQS: 197.263

Utah has been competitive with the top teams on average so far, but a deficit emerges when switching to NQS because of the lack of a huge 198 on Utah’s slate (the not-dropping-the-high-score thing this year doesn’t help Utah at all right now. Utah needs some fancy scoring soon in order to hope to hang onto a #1 regionals seeding.


5. Michigan Wolverines

Average: 197.025

Road Score 1197.375
Road Score 2
Home/Road Score 1197.650
Home/Road Score 2197.225
Current NQS:N/A

Michigan’s funky schedule means the team won’t be able to fill out an NQS picture until after the March 5th road meet and will therefore be absent from the rankings entirely next Monday. But once there are enough scores, things look healthy here.


6. Arkansas Razorbacks

Average: 196.854

Road Score 1196.875
Road Score 2196.675
Home/Road Score 1197.350
Home/Road Score 2197.250
Current NQS:197.038

Arkansas is experiencing a home-road disparity in scores that will handcuff NQS to some degree, so keep an eye on those final two road scores in March to see if Arkansas can match that home level.

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Week 5 Rankings

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1. Florida Gators

Average: 197.506

Florida did not compete in week 5.


2. LSU Tigers

Average: 197.144

LSU’s season-high 197.550 saw the team gain a smidgen of ground on first-place Florida, though not enough to change the supremacy dynamic. LSU did not seem to show many negative effects from the tracing week—save for being without Sarah Edwards, which will be a concern on vault, the one weakness in Friday’s performance. Freshmen Chase Brock and Elena Arenas benefited from the break, looking quite a bit stronger than we had seen previously this season.


3. Utah Utes

Average: 197.090

Utah mostly kept pace with LSU by going 197.450 in week 5, helping to establish some clear separation between the top four-ish and everyone else heading into Utah’s off week. This performance garnered the team’s best floor score thus far as O’Keefe and Stanhope both showed the most comfort and control in tumbling passes we’ve seen from them. Now, everyone get your magnifying glasses out and try to find Jaylene Gilstrap.


4. Oklahoma Sooners

Average: 196.845

Oklahoma got well in week 5, scoring a 197.800 that came up just a half tenth short of Florida’s national high, though the actual real-life thing that happened was Oklahoma putting up four hit events free from (major) disasters. We were reintroduced to a team that’s supposed to be top 2 this year, though Oklahoma will probably have to wait until NQS kicks in to bring its ranking back up because those two low ones will weigh down the average.


5. Arkansas Razorbacks

Average: 196.775

Arkansas did not compete in week 5

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Week 4 Rankings

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1. Florida Gators

Average: 197.506

By posting the top score of the season so far at 197.850, Florida expanded its lead to a beefy five tenths. Displacing Florida at this point wouldn’t be a small matter as the Gators already have the four strong scores required for NQS this season—Florida’s weakest score of the year, a 197.250, is the 7th-best score in the countryand at this point could basically just quarantine until SECs. Honestly, not a bad plan.


2. LSU Tigers

Average: 197.008

LSU did not compete in week 4 after the meet against Auburn was pushed back to next Friday.


3. Utah Utes

Average: 197.000

Utah rose one spot to #3 this week after a season-high 197.475 that nearly saw the team catch LSU for second place. Maile O’Keefe’s 10.000 on beam led the way as BB returned to its normal status as Utah’s best-scoring event despite a leadoff fall. Utah also set season-high marks on bars and floor scores in this one. Trending the right direction.


4. Arkansas Razorbacks

Average: 196.775

Though the victory over Georgia did not bring in Arkansas’s highest score of the season so far, it was the most important performance yet as Arkansas showed superiority on each event in a road setting, even on pieces that should be more of a struggle for this team, like vault. Actual control on floor tumbling is quickly becoming this team’s calling card.


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